About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’re in the Club World Cup to win it.Real’s squad are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament.The Argentine said, “For the club it’s great to be here, it means that Real Madrid are Champions League champions again and it’s the trophy that we like the most.”To be in the Club World Cup again is fantastic and we hope to retain the title this year, which these great players already won last year.”It’s always important to go in to this tournament off the back of a win. The Club World Cup has already begun, we have been following it on television and now we’re happy to have arrived and turn our focus to Wednesday’s game. Until now we were thinking about Rayo, who were our previous opponent, and the only thing that has happened after has been a flight. Now we’ll concentrate and begin to prepare for the first match against Kashima Antlers.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atlanta attacker Almiron risks pricing himself out of Newcastle moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtlanta United attacker Miguel Almiron could price himself out of a move to Newcastle United.The Mirror says Almiron could be offered as much as £70,000 a week to make a January move to Newcastle. The 25-year-old is believed to want more than £90,000 a week, however.Almiron, of Paraguay, plays for Atlanta United in the MLS and scored 13 goals in 37 appearances this term.Toob boss Rafa Benitez wants to add in January as he’s wary that both Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshinori Muto have been called up by their respective nations in the Asian Cup.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so importantby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes they’re back on track after victory at Watford.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.”After the Leicester game at home, we wanted to bounce back,” said Kepa. “We were great in the first half, then in the second half Leicester were better than us. We found it hard.”After the Leicester game it was important to get back on track and there’s no better way to get back on track than beating a great team away from home.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Ham announce official travel partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have announced Nirvana as their official travel partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The deal will see the company, which specialises in event travel, accommodation and logistics for sporting and leisure events, provide exclusive travel offers to Hammers fans.Nirvana adds West Ham to a list of sporting partners, which include Paralympics GB, British Triathlon and the Ironman European Tour Series. For the Premier League club, Nirvana adds to a list of recent commercial deals in recent months, having signed up the likes of Monster Energy, Ivacy VPN and Osonyq.Karim Virani, West Ham United’s commercial and digital director, said: “It’s fantastic to sign up Nirvana as our official travel partner. Their expertise in planning and logistics will benefit our squads as they travel around the country, and in time we’ll work with Nirvana to bring exclusive offers to our supporters too.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Parry explains loan club selectionby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy player performance manager Les Parry admits they’re careful with the clubs they select for their loan players.Parry has discussed the process that United staff members go through before deciding upon a destination.He said: “We draw up a player’s needs before we start the process.”I’m not kidding that we tick every box, because we can’t, but there have been a few clubs for one or two players, that we didn’t think were suitable.”On the face of it, it might look a good move, but we didn’t think it was, for one reason or another, so we looked elsewhere.”
colin cowherd joel klatt high on michigan stateMichigan State has an all-important contest this Saturday, as the Spartans take on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The contest, which is being played between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a de facto national quarterfinal.Thursday, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd and guest Joel Klatt debated whether they believe the Spartans are capable of not just winning that game – but winning the national championship. Both do, citing Connor Cook, the team’s offensive line and the fact that they’re getting healthy at the right time.Michigan State and Iowa kick off at 8:00 PM on FOX.
Defending champions the United States advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals after routing Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in Group D on Saturday.USA infamously lost to Trinidad and Tobago in 2017 as they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but Gregg Berhalter’s men exacted some revenge against the Soca Warriors in Cleveland.Aaron Long headed home a 41st-minute opener before a five-goal second half, with Gyasi Zardes’ quick-fire brace, and Christian Pulisic, Paul Arriola and the former leading to the USA to back-to-back wins following their 4-0 demolition of Guyana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? USA started the match with pace and purpose, but they were unable to create any real clear-cut chances in the first 30 minutes. @cpulisic_10 nets his first #GoldCup goal! @USMNT leads 4-0! #USAvTRI #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs pic.twitter.com/NUrwVtS93R— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 23, 2019But after Khaleem Hyland’s warning shot for Trinidad and Tobago on the counter, Zardes’ header across the six-yard box almost picked out Arriola.In control for much of an end-to-end opening half, New York Red Bulls defender Long did break the deadlock four minutes prior to the interval after being picked out by Pulisic’s teasing cross.USA pushed forward and peppered the Trinidad and Tobago goal without success, while their opponents managed to keep Zack Steffen relatively busy in a high-octane second half.After Marvin Phillip produced a stunning save to thwart Arriola from point-blank range, Zardes popped up to all but extinguish Trinidad and Tobago’s hopes in the 66th minute when he finished a simple tap in from Nick Lima’s cushioned header.That Bradley pass tho… #USAvTRI #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @USMNT pic.twitter.com/gvm9XpP9Ou— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 23, 2019Zardes was at it again three minutes later after curling home his second thanks to Pulisic, who drifted past two defenders and slid in his team-mates, and the Columbus Crew forward nearly had his hat-trick but was denied by the woodwork and Philipp.Trinidad and Tobago capitulated during the closing stages as Morris teed up Pulisic and Arriola to put an exclamation mark on the result, while Long added a sixth at the death. What does it mean? USA into quartersThe United States’ title defence is firmly on track. With 10 goals in two games and back-to-back clean sheets, a second successive Gold Cup trophy does not look out of reach.Chelsea-bound Pulisic dazzlesPulisic showed by Chelsea splashed the cash to prise him away from Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old attacker was lively throughout, scoring a goal and setting up two others.Soca Warriors lose their wayTrinidad and Tobago went toe-to-toe with USA up until the hour mark. After that point, they were put to the sword by a merciless opponent, who could have won by more.What’s next? USA close out their group-stage campaign against Panama in Kansas City on Wednesday, while Trinidad and Tobago face Guyana on the same day. read more
Phil Neville has heaped praise on to England right-back Lucy Bronze after her player-of-the-match display against Norway in the Women’s World Cup quarter-final.The Lionesses won the clash in Le Havre 3-0, with Bronze playing a huge part in all three goals.It was her dribble and cross in the third minute that fell so perfectly for Jill Scott to tap in the game’s opener, while later in the half it was Bronze’s ball to Nikita Parris that found the winger with time and space from which she centred the ball to the waiting Ellen White for a simple tap-in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the full-back saved the best for last and in the 57th minute her pile driver from outside the area added England’s third, and final, goal on the night. Bronze is widely acknowledged as one of the top right-backs in the women’s game, but speaking after the match Neville said she has raised the bar even higher this tournament. “I think what you’ve seen tonight, you’ve seen that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world, without a shadow of a doubt,” he told BBC Sport. “I’ve said it once, I’ll say it three times. There’s no player like her in the world, there’s no player that has her athleticism or her quality and I’m very lucky. I played full-back but never to that level that she plays at – she’s the best player in the world.” The quarter-final success means England will face the winners of France and the USWNT on Friday night, but the Lionesses boss has said he fancies his side’s chances against either team in the last four. “Well, you know what – we want to play them both,” Neville said. “We’re not bothered who we play. We’ll go to Lyon and the atmosphere and the occasion will be great. We’re having fun.” Lyon is, of course, where Bronze plays her club football. With the French side, the England star has won back-to-back Champions League titles and helped Lyon complete the treble in 2018/19. She arrived at Division 1 Feminine outfit in 2017, having previously spent three years at Manchester City. Bronze also has represented Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson expects Wilfried Zaha to return to the club after failing to seal a transfer away from Selhurst Park. The Ivory Coast international had been constantly linked with a move over the summer window. Everton saw a £70 million ($85m) plus players bid for the forward rejected, while Arsenal were also interested in his services before signing Nicolas Pepe. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ultimately, however, no deal could be struck, and Zaha will line up for the Eagles in the upcoming Premier League season. And Hodgson expects his charge to overcome his disappointment and remain committed to his current club.”It’s been well documented that he’s wanted to leave but it has not worked out for him in that respect. We expect him to come back and do what he does,” the former England boss signalled to Sky Sports. Zaha is reportedly upset at Palace’s refusal to accept transfer overtures this summer, having filed a transfer request. But Hodgson pointed out that he would have to vent his frustrations with the club’s owners rather than himself.”His beef is with the owners and the chairman. They haven’t been able to work a deal out for him,” he said. Zaha, 26, moved from his native Ivory Coast to Croydon at the age of four and joined local side Palace at 12. He left south London in 2013 for an abortive spell with Manchester United but rejoined the Eagles less than two years later, making himself a favourite at Selhurst Park. In 2018-19 he hit 10 goals in 34 Premier League appearances to finish as the club’s second-top scorer behind Luka Milivojevic, as a strong finish to the season saw Palace seal a comfortable mid-table position. His club form has also seen him become a regular for Ivory Coast in recent seasons, scoring twice at this summer’s African Cup of Nations to help his nation to the quarter-finals, where they lost out on penalties to eventual champions Algeria.
An Alabama football star was caught by ESPN’s cameras throwing multiple punches at a Missouri lineman while he was on the ground after a play. Somehow, the Crimson Tide standout wasn’t ejected.Raekwon Davis, a junior All-SEC defensive lineman for Nick Saban’s team, was penalized for some after-the-play misconduct.Raekwon Davis just gave a three-body-punch combination to a Missouri offensive lineman who was sitting on the ground.— Creg Stephenson (@CregStephenson) October 14, 2018ESPN’s replays showed the lineman throwing punches at the Missouri player.Check it out:Raekwon Davis throwing a few blows. #Bama #RollTide#Mizzou #MIZZvsBAMA pic.twitter.com/0ztcSdlfcs— Kyle Walker (@MrKyleWalker) October 14, 2018That…seems like something that should result in an ejection.While this did not earn Davis an ejection tonight, it’s probably something that the SEC will look at during the week. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the league punish Davis for what he was caught doing on video here.Alabama currently leads Missouri, 39-10. The game is on ESPN.